Sen. Brown, Elizabeth Warren Clash on Health Care Decision

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren react to the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act.

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and his challenger in the 2012 election Democrat Elizabeth Warren clashed in their reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court's health care reform ruling.

On June 28, t for individuals to purchase health insurance, the most controversial component of the Affordable Care Act.

According to the Huffington Post, if the mandate had been ruled unconstitutional, the minority opinion shows that the conservative justices were ready to throw out the entire law. President Obama proposed the law and spent much of the first 15-months of his presidency drumming up support for health care reform.

As expected, Brown and Warren differed in their responses to the decision.

In a statement this afternoon, Sen. Brown said "The federal health care law may be constitutional, but it is wrong for jobs and the economy." 

"In Massachusetts, we had already dealt responsibly with the problem of our uninsured without raising taxes or cutting care to our seniors," Brown continued. "All we got out of this massive new federal entitlement is higher taxes, cuts in Medicare and additional debt at a time when we can least afford it. The bottom line for me is this law makes it harder for our economy to add jobs and for that reason I continue to oppose it.”

Warren, on the other hand, applauded the court's decision. In a statement, she said the decision "ensured that every American can get access to high quality, affordable health care and fair treatment from insurance companies."

She added the ruling would also help protect Massachusetts families.
“Now is not the time to re-fight the battles of two years ago," Warren said. "Our country needs to move forward to create jobs and opportunity for all Americans— not fight endless political battles.  Massachusetts led the way in health reform, and we will continue to lead the way in our efforts to reduce the costs of health care and ensure a level playing field for middle class families.”

Take our on this issue.

Michael Fleming July 13, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I'm wIth YOU Scott Brown. You can work across the aisle, something that we need more of if we this whole country, are to get things done. Warren will be a classic liberal and will only add to the partisan rancor. Scott wants to keep his job, that's why he looks at both sides of an issue in this blue state. A uniter, not a devider.
Katy G. July 15, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Have you ever noticed a liberal democrat working across the aisle? I haven't. I've noticed that the democrats are always calling for the Republicans to work across the aisle to get things done, to yield for the sake of compromise, yet I've never seen any democrat practice what they preach. If I'm wrong I'd like to be corrected. I don't like to be uncharitable. It's just that it seems hypocritical for the democrats to always ask the republicans to cross the aisle if they themselves aren't willing to. (I'm referring to substantive issues, not some little compromise on the budget that involves allowing a library to be funded.)
Mark Howell July 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM
@Katy G, As you requested, please consider yourself corrected. Although the rancor between the parties gets great press, there are continually efforts made by the members of both the House and the Senate to reach across party lines. If you don't remember the efforts, it only takes a little research to find examples. For example look up "Gang of Six" (there's more than one). It's true that a "liberal democrat" or a "conservative republican" might be less willing to cross party lines (remember the difficulty that Speaker John Boehner had with the Tea Party representatives not wanting to compromise on increasing the debt ceiling in 2011). But middle of the road member from both parties do cross party lines to vote.
Katy G. July 15, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Thanks, Mark. I've often suspected that the press makes a bigger deal of things than necessary in order to get the general public interested. It's good to know that both sides of the debate are willing to work together.
Michael Fleming July 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Katy-- I can't say I disagree with your premise. I DOES seem like compromise is always going in one direction and not the other, but Mark is right in that it doesn't get much air time. I suppose that is due to the press trying to make the repubs look intransigent and ideologically stubborn. But my point is that Scott Brown does seem to try to work with both sides, and his opponent, the "ideological genesis" of the failed OWS movement ( her words, not mine) Warren will not likely be on the lookout for opportunities to show her ability to compromise, rather, it will be be a strong attempt to show Mass that she is the liberal equivalent of Teddy, who's seat she is seeking. More polarization coming down the pike if she gets the nod.
Charlie Kadlec July 16, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Ms. Warren does not want to "re-fight the battles of two years ago". What battles ? The Democrats passed Obamacare when they controlled Congress without any public discussion or understanding of the bill's content, with the immortal comment by then-Speaker Pelosi : "But we have to pass the [health care ] bill so that you can find out what is in it." Apparently Ms. Warren does not remember ...... or perhaps hopes that we don't. Being in favor of access to high quality, affordable health care and of creating jobs and opportunity is not a sufficient qualification for a six-year term as a US Senator. If it was sufficient, there would be very few unqualified candidates. We need to elect people who can tell us how they think such goals can be accomplished, who can discuss the problems in enough detail to convince us that they have some understanding of the trade-offs and complexities which have to be resolved. So far, Ms. Warren has not done that. Charlie Kadlec Acton


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